Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday Devotion

Matthew 21:1-11; Mark 11:1-11; Luke 19:28-44; John 12:12-19

“It is not how you start; it is how you finish.” This well-known statement perfectly encapsulates the final week of Jesus’ life. In one sense, Palm Sunday was the beginning of the end. In another sense, Palm Sunday was the beginning of the beginning. Jesus’ earthly ministry was coming to a climatic conclusion as our Lord triumphantly entered into Jerusalem. The crowds waved palm branches. They extolled him with loud shouts of praise. They exclaimed, “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord” (Matthew 21:9, CSB). Our Lord’s triumphant procession into the city marked the end of his earthly ministry, but it would likewise mark the beginning of his eternal heavenly ministry.

What strikes me about this Passion Week moment is the humility demonstrated by our Lord. Jesus’ eyes are set towards the Father’s cross of obedience. In just a few days, the sinless Savior of the world would lower himself, “by becoming obedient to the point of death—even to death on a cross” (Phil. 2:8). The crowds create a royal procession by scattering garments and branches before him, but what awaits him in the days to come is anything less than royal treatment. As Jesus enters Jerusalem, our Lord comes not as an aggressive victor on a warhorse but as a humble servant on a donkey.

The humility of Palm Sunday is a prerequisite for the victory of Easter Sunday.

As we begin our road to the cross, I want you to think about the importance of humility. Meekness, lowliness, and gentleness is God’s predetermined path for all believers. If Jesus’ path towards Easter Sunday began in humility, yours should as well. Before there is a crown of exaltation, there is a cross of lowliness. The way up in the Christian life is down. Life comes out of death. A posture of surrender is what brings us to a position of satisfaction. Palm Sunday is a reminder that it is not how you start; it is how you finish.

In every heart there is a throne or a cross. If you wrongfully keep Jesus on the cross, you will attempt to take his place on the throne; but if Jesus is rightfully on his throne, you will find your way to the cross—a place of humility. Dear friends, the cross of humility is the only way to God’s throne of glory this Palm Sunday.